Lady Rockets clinch second seed
The Forrest Lady Rockets travelled to Fayetteville Tuesday night to take on the pesky first year Lady Tigers, and after a brief scare, Forrest came away with big 54-35 win.
With their second win over Fayetteville this season, Forrest moved to 13-12 on the season and 9-4 in District 9-A regular season play, good enough for the second seed behind first place Moore County.
Forrest head coach Jeremy Jean said about garnering the second seed in the upcoming District 9-A Tournament, "We always thought we would be there, some of the coaches may not have thought so, but the girls have done a good job being above where people thought we would be at. They never quit, they expect to win, and that is why they are sitting at 9-4 in the district right now."
The Lady Rockets, playing without an ill Hannah Phifer got a big boost from Amanda Chumbley, who poured in a career high 13 points to lead all scorers in the contest.
"Chumbley did give us a lift tonight," said Jean. "She is our energy off the bench and she has done a good job at that all year long."
A Tayler Andrews trey to start the game got the Lady Rockets off hot, but Forrest would eventually fall behind 9-8 after a Nesya Buchanan steal and score.
An Andrews rebound and put-back, followed by two Adrean Jordan free throws pushed Forrest in front 12-9.
Before the first period expired, Jordan would score twice more in the post and Candace Daughrity nailed two free throws as the Lady Rockets took an 18-10 margin into the second quarter.
Both squads would score eight points each in the period to make it a 26-18 lead at the half for Forrest.
Forrest put the game away at the outset of the third period on a Jordan bucket, a Savannah Brothers steal and score, a Brothers three-bomb, and a Jordan rebound and put-back to take a huge 35-18 lead.
The Lady Tigers would make it 37-23 when Chumbley got red-hot, scoring the last nine points in the quarter, including a three-pointer as Forrest doubled up the score at 46-23.
Chumbley would add four more points in the final period to go along with two long three-bombs by freshman Cheyenne Brashear to top off the win for Forrest.
Jordan ended up with 12 points, Brothers 10, Brashear six, Andrews five, and Kirston Holder and Scarlett Roberson added three points apiece.
Buchanan led the Lady Tigers in the scoring column with 10 points, Trevah Thompson scored nine, Parker ended up with a half dozen, Tamia Baker netted five, and Liz Gurley and Katie Perry tallied two points apiece for Fayetteville (2-17, 0-13).
Forrest entertains Community Friday, beginning at 6:00 p.m. in the last regular season district match-up.